Cairo, Egypt

American University in Cairo

The AUC New Cairo Campus is designed to accommodate 5,500 full-time students and 1,500 faculty and staff on 260-acres as a technologically advanced and environmentally sensitive campus to offer state-of-the-art resources to students and faculty worldwide. The campus weaves Egyptian urban and architectural traditions into a modern campus and is designed to be accessible to persons with disabilities. The University has a planned landscape that includes nearly 150 different plants – a mixture of international and native Egyptian and more than 8,000 trees.

Project info

Construction phase
New construction
Building type
Non-residential building
Detailed building type
Net floor area
203068 m2
Land plot size
1092000 m2
5 stories
Construction type
Mixed construction
Original construction year of the building
Project contact
Eng. Yasmine Mansour Mahmoud
Contact email address

Project team

The American University in Cairo
CDC AbdelHalim from Egypt and Sasaki and Associates from Massachusetts, USA
Construction contractor(s)
The Egyptian subsidiary of the South Korean firm Samsung in a joint venture with Samcrete
HVAC consultant(s)
Other project team partners
Ellerbe Beckett (USA), David Dymecky (now with Sasaki) and Steven Terrill (now with HKS, Inc.)
Additional information
The campus was built using 24,000 tons of reinforced steel and 115,000 square meters of stone, marble, granite cladding, and flooring. The main entrance to campus, is inspired from the structure from AUC Tahrir Square’s iconic arch.

Building Rating and Certifications systems

Rating and certifications systems

Building Envelope

External walls

Description of construction
Constructed from sandstone from a single quarry in Kom Ombo
1.62 W/(m²*K)


Roof type
Flat roof
1.0 W/(m²*K)

Openings and windows

Glazing type
Double glazed
U-Value glass
2.8 W/(m²*K)
Frame material / description
Overall u-value window
2.8 W/(m²*K)

Basement floor

Description of construction

Technical Building Systems

Ventilation system

Type of ventilation
Mechanical ventilation system without heat recovery
518 Exhaust Fan and 265 Supply Fan
Manufacturer(s) / products
Flakt Woods

Space cooling system

Primary space cooling system
Centralised chiller │Usually a central system located in the basement
Centralised Absorption chiller, 5 Chillers ( 4x1100 TR & 1x700 TR )
Manufacturer(s) / products
Secondary space cooling system
Mounted single-split or window air conditioner│Usually a visible smaller system mounted outside the wall or above the window just supplying one room
500 Unit ( 5% of Load )
Manufacturer(s) / products
Carrier & Trane

Space heating system

Primary Space heating system
Cogeneration (gas)
Gas Fired Boilers
Manufacturer(s) / products
BIB Cohran UK, Beldwin, Danstoker
Secondary Space heating system
Cogeneration (gas)
Waste Heat Boilers ( Cogeneration ) ( 2x760 kW )2x1625 kW & 1x2300 kW
Manufacturer(s) / products
BIB Cohran UK, Beldwin, Danstoker

Water heater system

Primary water heater system
Combi system (system provides space heat & hot water)
Through Heat Exchanger with Heating Water,7 Heat Exchangers
Manufacturer(s) / products
A.O Smith
Secondary water heater system
Dedicated electric heater (dedicated = just hot water generation)
Manufacturer(s) / products

Lighting system

Primary lighting system
LED (Light emitting diode lamps)
Secondary lighting system
Linx Lamps, CFL & Lutron lighting system
Lutron lighting system ( lighting control system ) is used for control lighting system in buildings and the extensive outdoor lighting on the campus.
Manufacturer(s) / products
1. Osram Lights 2. Philips lighting

Shading devices

Type of shading system installed
Static (fix) shading systems as part of the building architecture (e.g. Maschrabiyya, porch roofs, pergolas)
Traditional Arabic “mashrabiya [wooden window screens] for privacy and sun-protection, window enclosed with carved wood latticework


16.9 kWp
69 * Yingli solar Modules 245 watt. 2. 1 * 15 kw SMA inverter, Schneider circuit breaker for AC protection.
Manufacturer(s) / products
Solariz Egypt

Other technical building systems

Shukshaykhas [vented domes] to remove hot air, Malkafs [wind catchers] on roofs to capture prevailing winds

Final Energy Demand

Total specific final energy demand
271.6 ( 86.1 kBtu/ft2 ) ( for a year ending june 2021 ) kWh/(m²*a)

Financial Aspects

Project construction cost
353918000 EUR